Speech sound perception and learning: Biologic bases

Nina Kraus*, Therese J. McGee, Dawn Burton Koch

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Historically, auditory research has focused predominantly on how relatively simple acoustic signals are represented in the neuronal responses of the auditory periphery. However, in order to understand the neurophysiology underlying speech perception, the ultimate objective is to discover how speech sounds are represented in the central auditory system and to relate that representation to the perception of speech as a meaningful acoustic signal. This paper reviews three areas pertaining to the central auditory representation of speech: (1) the differences in neural representation of speech sounds at different levels of the auditory system, (2) the relation between the representation of sound in the auditory pathway and the perception/misperception of speech, and (3) the plasticity of speech-sound neural representation and speech perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian Audiology, Supplement
Issue number49
StatePublished - 1998


  • Auditory
  • Evoked responses
  • Learning disability
  • Perception
  • Plasticity
  • Speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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